Informed Consent and Genetic Counseling

By offering genetic testing, the IMMD and its staff has a strict commitment to the highest ethical standards. We are aware of the risks, benefits, limitations, and psychological implications of genetic testing. Confidentiality is a crucial issue. We know about the insurance and privacy issues, the employment issue, as well as the family issues and share your concerns. Therefore, the patient and his doctor alone decide about what should be done with the genetic test report. If you wish, our Genetic Counseling will assist you in your decision and discuss your concerns.     
Genetic counseling is traditionally "nondirective" - that is, counseling provides sufficient information to allow families or individual persons to determine the best course of action for them selves but avoids making testing recommendations.
Genetic counselors, either localized in Berlin, or selected by you at your home place, are trained to help persons as they consider testing, when they receive the results, and in the weeks and months afterwards.

Here in Berlin we can recommend you Genetic Counseling at one of the following primary care settings in Human Genetics:

Dr. med. Chayim Schell-Apacik
MD in Human Genetics
at the "Red Cross Clinics-Westend"
Spandauer Damm 130
14050 Berlin
Germany
Email: c.schell-apacik@medizinischegenetik-berlin.de

Dipl. Med. Kathrin Pötschick
MD in Human Genetics
SchloßStrasse 88
12163 Berlin
Germany
Email: k.poetschick@medizinischegenetik-berlin.de

Dr. med. Karin Schneider
MD in Human Genetics
at the "Ernst von Bergmann" Hospital
Charlottenstrasse 72
Germany
Email: k.schneider@humangenetik-potsdam.de



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